Superfood of the week! 🎉
The Humble Garlic 🧄
✅ Did you know that in order to benefit from garlic’s therapeutic properties it is best to crush or chop it first and leave it to stand for 10 minutes, then add to cooking towards the end.
✅ This is because chopping, crushing or chewing (😷) garlic causes an enzyme called alliinase to be released, which forms the active compound ALLICIN.
✅ Oxygen activates ⬆️ alliinase whilst heat inactivates ⬇️ it.
✅ The allicin in this potent little herb has many benefits!
2️⃣ In the digestive system:
🧄 Garlic can stimulate the liver to produce bile, which is needed to:
👉🏼break down and absorb fats (and fat soluble vitamins)
👉🏼detoxify unhealthy bacteria
👉🏼remove waste products through the bowels
👉🏼it can also regulate blood sugar metabolism.
🧄 Garlic can stimulate mucin production which acts as a protective barrier in the small intestine against microbial infections, food particle abrasions and harmful molecules.
🧄 Garlic acts as a prebiotic meaning it helps to feed the friendly probiotics in your gut.
3️⃣ In the cardiovascular system:
🧄 May reduce cholesterol levels
🧄 May lower blood pressure
🧄 Reduces blood clotting
🧄 May improve elasticity of blood vessels
🧄 May support vasodilation and increased blood flow (great news for athletes!)
4️⃣ In the immune system:
🧄 Can reduce the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes (also great for recovery from exercise!)
🧄 Can stimulate glutathione, a powerful antioxidant
‼️ You just need to be careful if you take anticoagulant or antihypertensive medication, or if you’re due to go in for surgery, because taking garlic in supplement form or eating large doses of garlic can thin the blood and increase the risk of bleeding.
‼️ Garlic is also high in salicylates, which can lead to increased heart burn, so if you’re susceptible to heart burn you may want to limit how much you eat.